Child Abuse Investigation

On 10/01/2013, Detectives with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office along with investigators with the Mo. Children’s Division of Family Services responded to the Steelville Middle School to assist in an investigation involving a student at the school.  Upon arrival they met with school administrators who stated that a female juvenile student under the age of 14 had been caught at school with prescription medication.

When questioned by detectives, the student revealed that the medication had been given to her by her mother for her to use.  During the investigation it was revealed that the juvenile’s mother had also taken nude photos of her and had posted them on the internet.

Detectives made arrangements to meet with the mother of the juvenile.  During the interview, the mother of the juvenile admitted that she had given the medication to her daughter to help her sleep.  When asked about her taking nude photos of her juvenile daughter and posting them on the internet, she admitted that she had.  When asked how many pictures she had taken she replied, “too many to count”.  The mother went on to say that she would take nude photos of her juvenile daughter, send them to men that she had met on the internet.  In exchange, the men would send photos back along with money.  She also admitted to allowing men to have sexual intercourse with her juvenile daughter at their home in Crawford County for money.

The mother was identified as Charlene L. Elkins, 27 years old of Steelville Mo.  On 10/10/13, Warrant number 12CF-CR01136 was issued for Mrs. Elkins for Endangering Welfare of Child-1st Degree 568.045 RSMO, a Class C Felony.  Bond was set at twenty five thousand dollars cash only.

Warrant number 13CF-CR01135 was issued for Mrs. Elkins for Promoting a Sexual Performance by a child 568.090 RSMO, a Class C Felony.  Bond was set at twenty five thousand dollars cash only.  Mrs Elkins remains in custody at the Crawford County Jail in lieu of bond.

This investigation is an ongoing case, additional charges and arrests will likely be coming as more information is developed.
Sheriff, Randy E Martin





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